#NowSeeThis: A Surreal, Evocative, Interactive Experience

Published On May 4, 2015 | By Zoe Hannah | The Arts

Juliana Huxtable

At the culmination of the Hillman Photography Initiative‘s (HPI) first year in rotation, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMoA) is teaming up with VIA to celebrate. HPI is “an incubator for innovative thinking on the photographic image” that explores the life of a photograph, photography’s boundaries, and reflections on these things. After a year of circulating through the CMoA, HPI has put together a photobook called “A People’s History of Pittsburgh,” which will launch at the May 9 #NowSeeThis party. The party begins at 7PM at the CMoA in Oakland and will consist of exhibitions, interactive experiences, and live music.

Kevin Ramser

Kelela, LA-based singer/songwriter, is performing alongside visual works by Pussykrew and CMU students. Kelela’s sound is ethereal, mixing hollow, deep beats with inverted melodies, cut with her smooth vocals. (Sort of like Frank Ocean, but with more techno influence and lighter singing.) Pussykrew is working from April 21 to April 26 at CMU to create a brand new, commissioned work for #NowSeeThis. Their digital art “challenges the viewer through an exploration of post-human identity, bodily queerness, urban landscapes and their physical/digital transformations,” and will be on display through Kelela’s and Juliana Huxtable‘s sets at the party.

Danish musician, Dinner (aka Anders Rhedin), will be also performing alongside Kelela at #NowSeeThis. Expect the unexpected from his set – Rhedin makes music that is unclassifiable; self defined as a combination of “echoes of sweaty depressions, spiritual longings, and early-morning trances.”  Juliana Huxtable, a DJ/writer/model/producer from NYC will be featured, as well. CMU’s students of a mediated realities class are also showcasing their visual works throughout these sonic performances.crashkiss

After checking out the artwork and listening to some of the performing acts, take a peek at the #NowSeeThis interactive works. There will be a photo booth designed to digitally engineer a kiss between two patrons – whether it’s a stranger, someone you just met, or your significant other. Copies of these photos are free. In addition to the digital kiss machine, called CrashKiss, a new temporary tattoo application will provide attendees with temporary tats for whatever body part you choose. The tats “explore digital artifacts that emerge from [your] own and others’ bodies,” so get ready for some weird, organic new ink.

Other artists at this event include video artist Kevin Ramser and French artist Antoine Catala. Catala’s work, Distant Feel, explores the emotions we feel as we traverse throughout the Internet. Ramser, a Pittsburgh native who is pursuing his MFA at CMU, produces work that is both “alluring and repulsive.”

Tickets for #NowSeeThis are available online for $15 ($10 for students) or at the door for $20.

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